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Share & Repair Bath

Added 04/10/2018

We would like you to join a great team called Share & Repair to help change the mind-set from ‘it’s broken, throw it away’ and help reduce carbon emissions?

If you are interested please do contact us at:




World Mental Health Day : October 10th

Added 04/10/2018

We have been working with partners around BaNES on preparations for World Mental Health Day on 10 October and the events start this weekend on Saturday 6 October.

As part of the activities a ‘flashmob’ choir will perform two songs in three locations across Bath city centre on Saturday 6 October. Colleagues from our organisations will be joined by members of the public to sing ‘With a Little Help from my Friends’ and Bill Wither’s ‘Lean on Me’ at the following locations so do come and join in if you can:

• Old Bond Street, 11.30am

• Bath Abbey, 12pm

• Southgate shopping centre, 12.30pm

The partners we are working with across BaNES are Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP), Curo, Bath Mind, St Mungo’s, DHI, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Creativity Works, Bath Food Cycle, City of Bath College, Royal United Hospital and Soundwell.

The events take place from 6 to 16 October and include a great range of activities; breathing and relaxation, physical activity tasters, pebble painting, how to get involved in volunteering, mental health in schools, rainy day resilience and our very own cookery sessions.

Find out more at:




Volunteers wanted for Race for Life Pretty Muddy Obstacle Course

Added 06/09/2018

Cancer Research UK is looking for volunteers for their Race for Life Pretty Muddy 5k obstacle course. The roles on offer are:

  • Enquiries and Administration Volunteer
  • Event Day Volunteer
  • Course Marshal Volunteer

Follow this Link for more details:





Volunteers wanted for the Owls Hoot Farewell

Added 22/08/2018

We are recruiting volunteers to help out at the OWLS ‘HOOT FAREWELL’ * ACTION PREVIEW WEEKEND * 29th – 30th SEPTEMBER

We are recruiting a team of 30 volunteers to help out when all 82 of the owls and owlets will be gathered together in one giant ‘parliament’ over the weekend of 29-30 September at the Bath Recreation Ground.  This unique auction preview weekend will be the last chance to say your farewells before the flock flies off to the charity auction on 17th October.

As well as viewing the 82 fabulous owl sculptures, there will also be owl artists’ exhibitions, owl decoration workshops, real owl displays, owl sponsor stands, Bath City FC’s ‘Beat the gOWLie’ challenge, food and drink stalls and much more – a fantastic day out for owl fans of all ages!

We are seeking expressions of interested for the following roles:

  • Street marshals – guiding the public in from nearby streets
  • Entrance/exit marshalls
  • Owl marshalls (making sure people don’t stand on them etc)
  • Queue marshalls
  • Raffle ticket sellers
  • Merchandise sellers

If you are interested please let me know via email Banes Volunteer Services




Would you like to be part of Forest 2018?

Added 22/08/2018

Get in touch to volunteer at one of the hippest, creative events in Bath!




Breastfeeding volunteers needed in Radstock

Added 15/08/2018

Volunteering mums who are or have breastfed their children are wanted to help other mums learn to breastfeed in Radstock.

The Community Volunteer Service, one of a number of services provided by Virgin Care as part of Bath and North East Somerset Community Health and Social Care Services, is on the lookout for new breastfeeding peer supporters to provide help at Health Visitor-led Baby and Toddler Hubs in September.

Breastfeeding peer supporters provide support to new mums or mums who wish to breastfeed for longer.

The last UK-wide Infant Feeding Survey found that while 81% of mums initiate breast feeding, this falls to 24% in England exclusively breast feeding when the baby is 6 weeks old.

Evidence backed by NHS England has found that peer support, can improve quality of life by building the knowledge, skills and confidence that enable people to manage their healthcare and gain access to information. This can lead to a reduction in GP visits, crisis admissions or onward referrals to social care.

Mike Plows Manager BaNES Volunteer Services at Virgin Care said: “We need more mums who are, or have been breastfeeding and would like to support and encourage other mothers in the Radstock area.

“An important part of improving breastfeeding rates is access to face-to-face, ongoing, predictable support for families and social support in the local community.”

If you would like to become a volunteer and require more information please contact Mike Plows  01225 477 115.




Nominations for Chairs Community Awards 2018/19

Added 08/08/2018

The search is on to find unsung heroes in Bath and North East Somerset with the launch of special awards celebrating volunteers, community leaders, staff and businesses that make a positive contribution to the local community

The Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Community Awards 2018/19 was officially launched on Friday (August 3) at the Guildhall, in Bath, by the Chair Councillor Karen Walker.

Nominations are now open for inspirational people who put others first and contribute to the council’s vision to make Bath and North East Somerset an even better place to live, work and visit.

There are three main categories in the Community Awards: Volunteering, Business and Service to the Community. Service to the Community is a new category and it recognises the exceptional service made by individuals and teams working across the Chair’s Award partner organisations.

Residents, staff, councillors, businesses, organisations and groups, teachers, and volunteers from Bath and North East Somerset can nominate people and nomination forms must be returned by no later than Friday 21st December.   You can nominate online or send a nomination form email or post clearly marked  The Community Awards 2018/19.

Everyone nominated for an award will be presented with a certificate in recognition of their contribution.  The winners of each category will receive a certificate and an award presented by the Chair of the Council at an Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday 27th February 2019 in the Banqueting Room, at the Guildhall in Bath.

For more information and how to nominate, please go to  or





Do you have a project that a group of talented students could help you with?

Added 25/07/2018

For the past 6 years the University of Bath’s School of Management faculty have partnered with the Banes Volunteer Services (formerly Volunteer Centre) and the University of Bath’s Student Union Volunteer Department with the aim of encouraging small teams of students to volunteer their time and/or skills in October and November to add value to local charitable organisations.


We are looking for a set of fairly simple projects that a team of up to 7 students can deliver in November. This could include :

  • Assisting you in the planning or delivery of an event.
  • Pre-Xmas activity planning e.g; maybe doing a small amount of fundraising to provide Xmas decorations.
  • Collating a collection for you e.g; food or arts and crafts items or good quality items for a charity shop.
  • Organising a simple event like afternoon tea for your client group.
  • Using their skills – marketing, strategy and planning, finance – to  carry out a piece of work for you or provide training.
  • Helping to raise the profile of your charity.

Please do bear in mind that the students involved in this scheme are international and will be put into teams of other students that they have probably not met before. Therefore part of their challenge may well include language and cultural barriers.


Challenge application form 2018

Please complete the challenge application form provided above, giving us as much detail as possible about the challenge and the benefits for you or your client group.  You may request as many projects as you like but each one must be on a separate form.

E-mail your challenge(s) to by close of play on FRIDAY 21st SEPTEMBER.

The projects will be launched to Bath University students the week beginning 8th October and the student groups then choose which challenge they would like to deliver. If we receive more than 12 challenges then myself and Anna Boneham (Student Volunteer Manager – Student Union) will be shortlisting to achieve this number. Therefore, some challenges will not get selected to go through to the final round. However, we do have other groups of students who might then want to take up some of these projects at a later date.

We look forward to receiving your potential challenge projects by close of play on 21st September and thank you in advance for your support.




Need to explain why you want to involve #volunteers in your organisation?

Added 25/07/2018

Check out our info on knowhow.




The Art of Reflection in Volunteer Management

Added 25/07/2018

An interesting reminder:




The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2018

Added 25/07/2018

The Thread That Binds: Volunteerism and Community Resilience will be launched this week.




Banes Volunteer Services Survey

Added 18/07/2018

We are trying to find out about the extent of volunteering in Bath and North East Somerset. Do you currently volunteer or have you chosen not to? We would like to hear from all people whether they volunteer or not and would really appreciate it if you could fill in a short survey on the topic.

Click Here to take survey




Have no time to volunteer?

Added 04/07/2018

Heather is suggesting ways to fit in volunteering if you think your schedule is too full to spare the time




What a wonderful idea

Added 04/07/2018

The @LinkAgeNetwork and @St_Monica_Trust have launched an ACE Neighbours programme in Keynsham. ACE Neighbours matches volunteers (aged 60+) with older isolated adults (aged 65+) who want to get out more often. To volunteer or refer somebody visit




Free Dementia Awareness Information Event

Added 04/07/2018

Delivered by Dementia Friends, this engaging information session aims to make people more aware of the nature of dementia and the challenges faced by those living with the condition, and their carers.

This is an accessible course that is suitable for all volunteers, or anyone hoping to develop a greater understanding to help others.

For more information:




Struggling to exercise and lose weight? Participate in our study and let us help.

Added 04/07/2018

An interesting opportunity for anyone local that is:

  • male or post-menopausal female
  • aged between 40 and 65 years
  • have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of between 25 and 40 kg/m2 (calculate your BMI)
  • currently not exercising regularly
  • have a waist size of more than 80 cm if you are female or more than 94 cm if you are male

Follow link for more information:




Can you inspire children about our wonderful waterways?

Added 04/07/2018





Work with the Trust

Added 14/06/2018

Avon Wildlife Trust is to looking for a new Trustee to build a diverse and inclusive Board that reflects communities in Avon. So if you are 18+ and would like to use your skills and experience to help us help wildlife, then they would love to hear from you.




Community Challenge 2018

Added 14/06/2018

Check out the photographs of our wonderful volunteers from each of our Community Challenges taking place throughout Bath & North East Somerset during June, is your employer encouraging you to take part! We’re all smiling!



Age UK B&NES needs new trustees

Are you interested older people and the issues they face? If so Age UK Bath & North East Somerset would like to hear from you.

The local independent charity, which works with and for older people across Bath and North East Somerset, needs new trustees to join its board.

The charity supports around 12,000 older people, their families and carers every year, with essential services to promote a healthy, happy and satisfying later life, and needs new trustees to help guide its direction. The charity is particularly keen to hear from people with experience of fundraising / income generation.
Chair of the Trustees Board, Nicola Gregson, said: “We’re looking for new people with drive and ambition to help us respond to the increasing demands of providing services to older people. We need trustees who can think creatively and help us develop new ways of raising essential funds. Someone who could lead on organising an annual fundraising and profile-building event would be a great addition to the board.

“An interest in helping older people and experience of fundraising, events or running a business would be fantastic but what’s most important is passion, ideas, good connections within your local community and experience of working in or with a charity.”

Trustees need to be available for at least four meetings a year and one or two workshops, as well as for occasional informal meetings.

“We are very flexible and try to hold our meetings at times that suit the whole board – at the moment they are held at 5pm in Bath, but we are happy to look at different timings and locations, having some spare time during the day would be helpful” says Nicola Gregson. “You may be employed, part-time employed or retired – whatever stage in life you are at we would like to hear from you. Just contact me or our chief executive Janet for an informal chat,”

To find out more or for an informal chat please contact Janet Dabbs or Nicola Gregson – email or / 01225 466135
You can also find out more on the website, and follow Age UK B&NES on Facebook and Twitter: or @AgeUKBathNES





Children’s Summer Reading Challenge

Added 30/05/2018

We’re looking for friendly, enthusiastic volunteers age 16+ to help in all of the Bath & North East Somerset Libraries this summer with Children’s #SummerReadingChallenge2018.

For more information:




GDPR – useful information for charities

Added 23/05/2018

Below is a link to a Guardian article which is a clear and simple starting point for charities. Definitely worth reading.

Here is a comprehensive free guide to GDPR for charities. This seems to cover everything.

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Did you know that volunteering is good for you? And here is why…

Added 23/05/2018





Summer volunteering opportunities

Added 23/05/2018

Bath Area Play Project have coming up over the summer holidays, including numerous projects working indoors and outdoors throughout Bath and N.E Somerset with young people and children, helping them to have a fun filled summer!

Dates for projects are: 24th July – 23rd of August and we are looking for enthusiastic people to volunteer to help out.  You can find out more information on our website:




Volunteer Gardener for Alzheimer’s Society

Added 23/05/2018

If you have are a keen gardener and want to improve the lives of people with dementia, we have a role for you. Our Day Centre in Kingswood, Bristol, is seeking a volunteer gardener who can offer 3-4 hours each week, Mon-Fri.

The main tasks are:
* Tending the gardens – bushes, plants and flowers, weeding, pruning, digging, planting, watering, brushing/clearing pathways.
* Cutting grass lawns.
* Disposing of cuttings and other items according to local procedures.




Relevant Person’s Representative Volunteer

Added 23/05/2018

The role of the Relevant Person’s Representative is to support clients who lack capacity – either due to dementia, brain injury or learning difficulty; to ensure their best interests are safeguarded and advocating on their behalf.
This includes;
– Advocating on behalf of the client
– Assisting reviews of their care plan
– Safeguarding best interests.

Find out more:




Foxhill Play Ranger Volunteer

Added 23/05/2018

We are looking for a reliable, enthusiastic volunteer. We currently hold a community play session for children aged 5-13 in the Foxhill area of Bath. All of our sessions are child led. We are ideally looking for somebody who can give up the same couple of hours each week. In return we can offer training, support and references for future job opportunities.

We are looking for an individual that may have a particular interest and would like to share it with the young people we work with. For example; cooking, sports, arts and craft, listening to the young people etc. It would also be great to get people form the local area involved as it really helps build community spirit!

Find out more:




Do you enjoy reading out loud?

Added 23/05/2018

We have a group of residents in our nursing wing who have asked for a reading group, we are looking for a volunteer to take on this role? could it be you … it will help make a big difference and there are enthusiastic listeners waiting to hear your reading voice at Greenhill House Timsbury. Saturday afternoons 2.30 – 3.30pm

Is this one for you?: Find out more:




Museum of Bath Stone have an opportunity for someone who would like to become a Treasurer/Trustee

Added 23/05/2018

The stone from the mines and quarries of Combe Down built most of Bath and has also been used as far afield as Cape Town in South Africa. The museum charts the history of the stone from its geological formation to its subsequent use. The historic and cultural significance of Combe Down is described as well as the influence of the stone on its development.

Our aim is to provide a stimulating environment, accessible and understandable to all ages and levels of education, where all aspects of this heritage can be explored and studied.

The treasurer will be responsible for the general financial oversight; financial reporting to the trustees and statutory bodies; financial planning and budgeting plus banking, book-keeping and record-keeping.

The best fit would be someone who enjoys a challenge and will bring their financial expertise to bear on developing this little gem. An interest in the rich history of Combe Down village and its stone would be beneficial. To find out more:




Room Guides for American Museum In Bath

Added 23/05/2018

If you love history, and would like to volunteer at one of Bath’s most spectacular venues, why not join us as a room guide. Full training will be given – you just need a confident, outgoing personality and a desire to learn – oh, and be free a couple of afternoons a month. Join our friendly team, learn new skills, make new friends and have fun! Then you may like to become a Room Guide for the American Museum in Bath.




Shop Volunteer for The Woodwork Project

Added 23/05/2018

The Woodworks Project is looking for enthusiastic, friendly and committed individuals to volunteer in our Woodworks Shop, located in central Bath. Our volunteers at the Woodworks Shop make a genuine difference to the success of The Woodworks Project. Our shop provides a valuable funding stream to enable us to continue providing workshop projects, a tangible end point for our service user’s work, and serves as the public face of our charity, it’s therefore a vital part of our organisation. Find out more:




Customer Survey

Added 16/05/2018

We love to hear how we are doing, as we are proud of the service we offer to both volunteers and volunteer involving organisations, so please let us now by taking our simply survey.

I am a volunteer involving organisation using the Banes Volunteer Services:  please take the survey

I am a volunteer using the Banes Volunteer Services:  please take the survey




Our May edition of Community Matters Newsletter

Added 16/05/2018

We’re striving to encourage greater inclusion in volunteering.
We want volunteering to be a rewarding experience that can be enjoyed by everyone in Bath and North East Somerset regardless of their background, identity or personal circumstances.

If you are a Volunteering Involving Organisation in Bath and North East Somerset why not check out our latest newsletter:

Community Matters Newsletter – May Edition




It’s Mental Health Awareness week

Added 16/05/2018

So we would like you help to spread the word so as more people are aware of this wonderful free resource which is available.

Please watch this short film to hear from Michael, Hazel and Kim – customers of the Wellbeing House. The Wellbeing House provides a retreat for those experiencing mental health distress. It’s a place where people can receive support to help them stabilise themselves and prevent a crisis. The house itself is a three-bedroom property located in Bath.

And then share it or tell someone about it we can make a difference!




Wow – over 400 volunteers clean up three tonnes of rubbish during spring clean event

Added 16/05/2018

Community groups across Bath and North East Somerset got to grips with the litter during March, battling snowy weather, to do their bit.

In Stanton Drew volunteers tackled the whole parish with the support of 36 adults and children, filling a total of 15 bags. Community-minded pupils from Stanton Drew Primary School made a poster which will eventually go on litter bins within the parish.

Twerton Infant School collected 18 bags of litter in just one hour, celebrating their efforts with home baked cakes, courtesy of George Samios, the headteacher.

Over in Westmoreland, more than 55 children and adults, including 13 volunteers from McDonald’s, helped to clear their local area, starting from three separate locations and finishing at McDonald’s in Lower Bristol Road, where they were rewarded with hot drinks, apple pies and fruit bags for helping to clear up at least 30 bags of litter.

In Keynsham, 61 volunteers turned up to help the Keynsham Wombles, and there was special praise for the enthusiasm of the local Beavers group.

The Keynsham Wombles estimated that they cleared at least 80 bags before finishing off at the bowls club for tea and mountains of cake.

Julie Sampson, from the Saltford Wombles, said: “We met for our regular monthly litter pick and had a great turnout with 13 people out picking. Between us we collected 16 bags of rubbish from along the A4 from Pixash along to the Turnpike.

“As well as the usual takeaway boxes, coffee cups, plastic bottles and sweet wrappers, some of the stranger items we found were a VW badge, a full jar of face cream, one wellington boot and a golf ball.”

Harriette Dottridge, from Compton Dandom, said: “We have even had to remove a fridge from a stream and found odd pieces of cars which could have easily been disposed of via Bath and North East Somerset Council recycling centre.”

For many of these volunteers, the Great British Spring Clean is only one event in a regular schedule of litter picking.

Councillor Bob Goodman, (Conservative, Combe Down), cabinet member for neighbourhoods and development, said: “Littering is a thoughtless activity that makes places looks ugly and pollutes the local and wider environment.

“However it is encouraging that across Bath and North East Somerset there are so many great volunteers who frequently pick up litter, whether it be as part of their routine, by adopting a local street or area or by meeting regularly to tackle particular hotspots.”

Karen Wood, from Twerton, said: “Apart from the Great British Spring Clean many of those who do this regularly go out walking collecting rubbish as we go. I collect two bags most weeks and plan to continue to keep the community where I live free from rubbish.”

Residents in Widcombewest, who spent the Great British Spring Clean clearing snow and a whole array of debris left behind by people who’d gone out sledging, also clear Holloway and the subway nearly every week as part of their Keep Bath Tidy group.

Councillor Goodman added: “The number of groups and volunteers that took part in Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean is a testament to the willingness of the residents of Bath and North East Somerset to take care of the local and wider environment.

“Bath & North East Somerset Council would like to say well done and thank you to everyone who takes the effort to make their neighbourhood a nicer place to live.

“As we’re learning more and more, litter can be a serious hazard for our natural environment and even litter dropped locally can be blown and washed away by our rivers, ending up many miles away and polluting our seas.

“Every piece of litter that’s picked up is one less piece that can spoil the world we live in.”




Would you like to join our local Citizens’ Panel?

Added 16/05/2018

It’s a group of residents who help shape services by offering their views and insight into what matters to them, and what their priorities are. The Citizens’ Panel has been set up to enable people who use services, carers and residents of Bath and North East Somerset to have a say about how health and related services can be improved, so that everyone can feel happier, healthier and more in control.

Read more: